June Madrona – A Long and Ugly Road
Recorded in a yurt next to chickens and a fountain. The song subjects vary from making out in the back of a car on the freeway, to drinking (just a little) too much, to feeling scared and hopeless after waking up to thunder rolling past you in the middle of the night. A broad range of emotions have been covered here, and they have all been written about quite eloquently. The simple stories within are the ones that, for many of us, often end up feeling the most important.
Polka Dot Dot Dot – Syzygy
Three people. One adventure. Cosmic alignment? Polka Dot Dot Dot, based in Olympia, WA, formed when three travelers (Jordan O’Jordan, Onyx of Olympia, and Colleen Johnson or Twig Palace) met on the treefern-speckled shores of New Zealand. Combining their solo sets for a last-minute spot at the Camp A Low Hum Music Festival, the Dots charmed crowds with their refreshing blend of folk, tin pan alley, and a cappella styles. Their first album, Love Letter to New Zealand reflected this impromptu musical spirit. This Limited Edition of 500 records will be available in TWO COLORS:200 in TRANSLUCENT ROYAL PURPLE and 300 in TURQUOISE
Agent Ribbons and The Star Crossed Doppleganger
With access to a wide array of instruments not normally used by the ribbonesses, this record will present a darker & stranger side of Agent Ribbons. The artwork is by world-renowned illustrator/musician Dame Darcy, the illustrator of the fairytale-esque comic book Meatcake. The actual records have been pressed on heavy one of a kind 70-gram, avocado green vinyl, housed in a matte-finished deluxe gate-fold jacket.
Analog America: A Four Course Meal of Found Sound is a compilation of conversations, messages, greetings, arguments, phone transactions and church meetings — all gleaned from random people’s old cassettes. The recordings are organized into four categories: Family & Friends, Work, Hobbies and Religion.
Antsy Pants – S/T
Blackbird Raum – Under the Starling Host
Blackbird Raum formed out of the nucleus of a squatter community living in abandoned buildings and greenbelt treehouses in Santa Cruz, CA, in the early 2000′s. Finding themselves living without electricity, they began to learn to play folk instruments from each other and other members of the traveling punk/folk culture. They all grew up playing in anarcho-punk, indie and ska bands and then, knowing next to nothing about traditional music, slowly gathered together the skills to create a new genre of music, based somewhere right in the middle of punk and folk.
Briana Marela – Speak from your Heart
Briana’s Marela’s voice is a lantern light guiding you through a shadow world of beauty and terror. Experimental, without the self indulgence, Briana’s first full length recording flirts with ambient electronics, fever-mad drumbeats, and fuzzed-out sk-1, while remaining rooted in solid, beautiful song writing, and a voice that could scatter clouds. (note: CD has alternate artwork)
Captain Chaos – The Scientist and the Duke
Chris Clavin runs plan-it-x records out of a bus. His songs are just as much stories as they are songs, and he sings them with passion and honesty.
Castledoor – Til We Sink
In early 2007 Castledoor went in to the studio with friend Aaron Espinoza (Earlimart) to record a new batch of songs. After struggling with how they should go about releasing the new music they were overjoyed when Seven Inch Project offered to put a few of these tracks onto vinyl. The ‘Til We Sink EP features 3 unreleased songs including the live favorite “Dumpster Diving” and a special vinyl-only home recorded ending to the song “Nightlight.”
Chris Sand – Horse Graveyard
No gimmicks here, just guts. “Horse Graveyard” sneers and seduces but it always captivates as the lonesome cowboy hero recalls trials and triumphs from ghosts both past and present. Chris Sand’s dry and dusky drawl swaggers through the songs of “Horse Graveyard” fearlessly as he croons through a country baritone that is cool and removed yet hearty and exacting.
Christina Antipa – Everything Starts To Sing
Jordan ‘O Jordan Smith couldn’t stop raving about Christina so I asked him to write something about her. He hasn’t finished it quite yet as he’s leaving today on a Australia/New Zealand tour with Onyx of Olympia. So for now I’ll just say that the song “love me for the things i do” has followed me around for the last couple of months, and I have a feeling that this album is just the tip of the iceberg. -Ross
Christina Antipa – Goodbye Different Oceans
The first time I met Christina. It was at the 414 House in Seattle. The house was a beautiful old craftsman home right by the highway in Seattle between Wallingford and the University District. You could stand out in the yard and listen to the highway and think about the people who lived there watching the highway get built and the neighborhood going down with it. Christina played some of these songs that night on an old piano in the living room. Folks sat on the floor on on the old chase lounge and listened, we all took turns making music. Listening to Christina sing these old songs remind me how the people you meet at one show end up can end up impacting you for the rest of your life.
Christina Antipa – The Royal We
“fly away, fly away, love is like a swallow, here today, here today, and gone again tomorrow” Christina Antipa wove this dew- filled spider’s web of an album in a basement in Seattle with the help of her talented friends, (Jordan O’ Jordan and Shenandoah Davis both make appearances among many others.) The resulting album evokes the northwest winters and the daydreams of impossible romance.
Corpus Callosum – Corpus Callosum
Corpus Callosum is a jaw-dropping seven-piece original music and performance group. They utilize a variety of traditional and obscure instruments, from accordion and banjo to wine glasses and Stylophones. Their performances feature stiltwalking, unique puppetry, parades, cardboard sets, and more.
Crazy for Jane – Desperate Serenade
Crazy for Jane is a brother and sister duo from Berlin, Germany. They sing about geographic dilemmas, some drama, shipwreck, rescue missions, and Jane. Their music is “a desperate serenade underneath your window”.
Crazy for Jane – Watermelon Cloud
Crazy for Jane is a brother and sister duo. They sing about geographic dilemmas, some drama, shipwreck, rescue missions, and Jane. Their music is “a desperate serenade underneath your window”.
Dane Terry – Songs of the Telephant
Dane Terry is a saloon songster from Columbus OH. whose jangly stories conjure a ghostly Tammy Wynette singing songs from an imaginary musical written by Igor Stravisky and Ray Bradbury. His whisky catches the lights that he may drink and be forever a wandering player.
Dave End – Fruits Commonly Mistaken For Vegetables
“Inspired equally by early 90s female singer-songwriters and Disney musicals, Dave infuses sexual politics with a sense of fun and tenderness often absent in transgressive music, i.e., ‘queer cupcake loving honesty pop!’” -Nadav Carmel, Phoning It In
Dave End – How To Hold Your Own Hand
“Tackling subject matters like bullying, homophobia, body image and heartbreak, Dave End could easily fall into the slippery traps of self-pity and earnestness, but he manages to keep his songs aloft with humor, bounce, and jamboree-style glee. Fleshy depressed queer teenagers everywhere should heave a sigh of relief. His debut album, How to Hold Your Own Hand, is a revelation of hope and intelligence.” -Dan Fishback
Eleanor Murray – For Cedar
“Borne through a year of home recording sessions and whittled cautiously from the bark and bulk of a fruitful storm, we now present to you the full-length debut from Olympia, WA songwriter Eleanor Murray. For Cedar’s opening track, Throughout the record, a backdrop of strings and distant vocals play commentary to the suits of arpeggios falling over the distance between forest and salt water.” – Anonymous Monk
Eleanor Murray – Oh Thunder
Olympia, WA, warble-songbird Eleanor Murray weaves songs from ferns and yarn. Music that is like looking into a glittery glass terrarium; each track is a miniature world of fog and trees. An album of country-folk dreams to make you swoon for a forest.
Eli Moore – Consuming Fire
Eli Moore’s solo release, “Consuming Fire”, weaves folk and pop traditions into spacious compositions featuring layers of guitar, piano, and Eli’s soft voice. A soundtrack for the unspoken desires of everyday life.
Firs of Prey – Keep The Lions Asleep
“Keep the Lions Asleep, the second album from Firs of Prey (AKA Andrew Miller of Datura Blues) basks in the glow of a West Coast sunray—odd, given the dichotomy of sunshine-y folk-pop harmonies being augmented by a falsetto that Nick Drake might gush over. Represented by small local label BPBS Arts and Media Collective” RYAN J. PRADO – Portland Mercury
Flowers From the Man Who Shot Your Cousin – S/T
Flowers From The Man Who Shot Your Cousin is essentially Morgan Caris. For a good many years now he has been writing and recording songs, some of which have been released on lps and compilations mostly in Spain and Japan, but Hapless is the first solo album of his to see the light of dusk.
Generifus – Solstice Songs
Since 2005, Spencer Sult has been recording and performing under the name of a monster from his childhood stories – Generifus. The emotions are all laid bare even though the stories told in the songs are incomplete; we’re left to fill in the gaps with our imagination. In “Solstice Songs” his soft spoken lyrics and guitar playing meet with the production alchemy of Karl Blau.
Ghost Mice – Debt of the Dead
Ghost Mice is a two-piece folk-punk band that hails from Bloomington, IN. Ghost Mice was created from the ashes of former pop-punk bands The Devil is Electric and Operation: Cliff Clavin. Chris Johnston (aka Chris Clavin) and Hannah Jones who played guitar and bass respectively for OP:CC and TDIE, decided to make their act acoustic so they could tour more easily and play almost anywhere. At the same time, Hannah dropped her bass in favor of a violin.
Ghost Mice – Europe
“All of the songs are about the trip that Hannah and I took to Europe in the summer of 2000. It was not a tour, it was a traveling trip. We stayed for 90 days. We didn’t have enough money. We didn’t know anyone in Europe. Needless to say the trip was really hard and we learned a lot about life.” -Chris Clavin
Grand Hallway – Promenade
Grand Hallway is an eight piece orchestral pop band from Seattle WA. Their lush, baroque songs evoke myriad influences.Promenade is a fractured narrative of the dissolution of one relationship and the beginning of another. the music is dense and raucous in places, translucent and sparse in others. The songs feel familiar but do not belong in any one era.
Hail Seizures – For the Ruin
The Hail Seizures translate dark punk and underground hardcore into acoustic instruments. There is a slipshod and improvised characteristic to their lineup: bottom of the line acoustic guitars, a drumset made from a suitcase, a childs violin and an old cello that clashes wildly with the ornately composed songs, that jump back and froth between catchy sing along choruses to brutal and lopsided rythyms that you would expect more from your local metal band than any normal folk act.
Hail Seizures/The Pasties -Punk As Folk
A Split featuring The Pasties and The Hail Seizures from Olympia, Washington. Both bands play fast-paced punk music entirely with acoustic instruments. This approach has allowed them to take their performances into public spaces that don’t otherwise ever get to see a rock show like the artesian well downtown, Camp Quixote, or even underneath the 4th Ave bridge. A sense of rebellion permeates the songs of both bands as they eschew the conventions of the punk industry to bring their music straight to the people.
Half Handed Cloud – Winding Currents Around a Spool
After the spring 2006 US tour, Half-handed Cloud’s John Ringhofer set-out to play and record the remaining songs that had been written at the time the ones for the Halos and Lassos LP and Harp That’s Hung-up in a Tree EP had been composed. Recorded on 4-track cassette (like Harp), Spool’s six songs feature a 100-year-old Steinway grand piano played minimally, vocals, harmonies, two types of Melodians, occasional bass, acoustic guitar, a cheap xylophone kit, sound loops, uncredited pump-organ and slide banjo, a simple drum-kit muted with t-shirts, and a euphonium rented on zero credit.
Huff This – S/T
I Want To Do This All Day
“In March and April of 2006, we visited 23 free schools, community centers, after school programs, summer camps, skill shares, charter schools and private schools. We interviewed students, parents and teachers about their experiences with creating and sustaining radical learning spaces … The documentary outlines a history of both conventional and radical education, explores peoples definitions of learning … and addresses the role of these spaces in the wider movement for social change.” -Amina and Amber
Jenny Jenkins – Oventoucher
“Like a flightless bird that tries to fly again / somehow I want love so bad even though I don’t want love.” As in the cover art, Jenny reaches for the frosted cake of love again and again, undeterred by the obvious dangers of the flaming oven. She confronts the subject of love with bravery, brutal honesty and a cast of talented olympians including Derek Johnson (Le Ton Mite, Unwound), Andrew Dorsett (Lake), Jen Kliese (Superduo), and Vince Brown (Tune Stranglers).
Joe Cappocia – Everything That’s Big Always Happens A Little At A Time
Joe builds his albums like log cabins, made of well-polished driftwood. Country-tinged pop from an Olympia, WA, alt-country darling (The Pasties, Blackberry Bushes). This album is a perfect Autumn record, to remember the sunny summer.
Joe Cappocia – Wake Up Rainy Morning
When I met Joe at an open mic he had dreadlocks and a hit song about pants with only one pocket. Joe told me of his plans to move out of his jeep into this treehouse he was building. He built that treehouse, it still stands. Then he built an even more amazing cottage and lived in that for awhile. Joe knows how to build things that will last. These songs are no exception. -Ross
Jordan O’ Jordan – Carbon Cycles
Carbon Cycles: In which banjo-troubadour – Jordan ‘O Jordan embarks on a molecular odyessey, following a carbon molecule’s search for love and the meaning of everything.
June Madrona – Battlegrounds
This is the fourth June Madrona album. It features Micah Ellison on melodica and Danielle Chiero on flute, and explores themes of family and place. This lineup takes June Madrona’s composition to a new level, as Micah and Danielle are both classically trained musicians. The songwriting is as articulate and powerful as ever, and the musical accompaniment lends a gravity and fullness never before heard in June Madrona.
June Madrona – Isabelle's Paintings and Two Fantasies
The first two tracks on this record were inspired by the work of California artist Isabelle Baum, who’s work has been on display at The Green House, a DIY venue in Arcata, CA. Backed by two new arrangements of older June Madrona songs for flute and melodica. The record itself has been pressed on heavy 70-gram, forest green vinyl, with deluxe matte-finished gate-fold jacket.
June Madrona – Lions Of Cascadia
Cascadia is a dream. Before America, before the explorers came and renamed all of the mountains and the rivers, borders were formed by communities and histories were written in the heart. In their 4th studio album June Madrona returns to some of the wistfulness and instrumentation of the Winged Life. Lions of Cascadia tells the stories of the destruction and rebirth of our communities, our friendships, and our bodies.
June Madrona – The Winged Life
“He who bends to himself a joy, does the Winged Life destroy…” – BlakeThemed and titled after a work of William Blake’s, June Madrona’s second album “The Winged Life” explores themes of love and control. The lineup on this record is comprised of four people making use of guitar, cello, harp, glockenspiel, banjo, and of course, their voices.
June Madrona – Waves With Nowhere to Break
Kickball – ABCDEFGHIJKickball
Kickball – Everything Is… Vinyl
Liarbird – Saturn Returning
Liarbird – Superba Menura
In “Burn Down Town” Kanako Wynkoop croons about a series of arsons that happened one summer in Olympia. Later she talks about one of her heros in “Johnny Cash”. “Bombs” is another standout track; a funeral waltz that builds with layers of bass, guitar, and violin, building to the chilling realization, “The war of men will never end”.
Little Two’s – World War IV
Northwest nature-core twang from Mikah Sykes, Emily Kokal of LA based band Warpaint, and Willis Ransom.
Luke Temple – Brain
Recorded in late November 2007, BRAIN is a compilation of little vignettes and roughly defined ideas. These five vignettes were recorded more or less, into two microphones, live in Luke’s Brooklyn apartment. The same apartment he recorded his 2007 release, Snowbeast, released on Mill Pond Records.
Matador – The Taking
Matador’s music is pushed forward by the driving rhythms of Mathew’s guitar, while Dorota’s violin pulls the listener into another world. The instruments are overlaid by Mathew and Dorota’s harmonic vocals, singing lyrics that paint pictures of the interplay between humans and nature. Their songs are dynamic, full of changing tempos and moods that can switch from comfortably mellow to gut-wrenchingly intense in a heartbeat. Combining their musical experiences with flashes of Polish and American folk music, their songs are inspired by the interplay between creation and destruction.
Mikah Sykes – Bad Feelings
“I don’t think the universe rewards a good deed, and I’m not even sure that love is always the answer. That said, the way Mikah Sykes’ childlike voice meets his folk-blues finger-picking and promenades around a track is pretty damn adorable, hippie-ish or not. Sykes’ tendency toward spacey experimentation is tethered by his deep love of the blues, which brings a familiarity and structure to his work that makes it feel like home. For a guy who recorded his last album in John Frusciante’s living room, he has stayed one of Portland’s better-kept secrets..but I doubt that’ll last long.”- Willamette Week, January 3rd-9th, 2007
MIWA GEMINI – Forgetful Ocean
“Cute as a button and talented as few, Miwa Gemini is a breath of fresh air to the female “singer-song writer” stable. Her voice is sweet, yet deep, and her folk-music stands out from the crowd thanks to the use of banjo and mandolin. It’s a bit like throwing The Mountain Goats together with Nina Simone and Tom Waits: hazy, organic, and simply stunning.” – The Rock Sellout
MIWA GEMINI – This Is How I Found You
The intimacy of her performance on the record is reminiscent of torchlight singers, a long forgotten style which was popular in the night clubs of the Left Bank in Paris, France throughout the early 20th century.- I Heart Music
Moon Diary – DVD
A lonely, childlike moon keeps a diary of his depression, boredom, and recurring nightmares. He writes about his very few friends: an invisible person, a pack of wolves, and a boy who lives in space on a garbage pile, protecting the earth from debris. Moon Diary is 7 days through the eyes of this gentle sky rock.Featuring animation by Curtis Randolph and Charlie Daugherty, and based on the original comics by Erin Tanner. Soundtrack by June Madrona.
Morgan Orion – Circle of Allusions / Somewhere In Between The Great Divide
“I’m not sure if all of anti-folk’s practitioners are as earnest as Morgan Orion, but I guess I hope that they are. Orion’s stories are filled with colorfully named characters like Dustin and the Furniture and Kiki and PeePee, and where a gentleman named Moritz goes by the stage name of MoreEats.” -smilepolitely.com
Morgan Orion and the Constellations
Infectious, like a cold that keeps you home from school. Songs to be hummed on a walk through the park or a bike ride by the lake. The heartbreaks and triumphs are taken in stride. So so catchy. I’ve got Morgan’s voice stuck in my head. Be sure to check out the song Every Raindrop and the video for Let Me Inside When I knock on Your Door; you’ll get it.
Pale Robin – Birth Rites Versus
Pale Robin is a punk folk duo from Santa Cruz, CA composed of Mars and C.P.N. from Blackbird Raum. Their first album, Birth Rites Versus, came out in 2010 as the first release from Black Powder Records.
Palisades – S/T
Polka Dot Dot Dot – Spring of Alchemy and Amory
Polka Dot Dot Dot – Syzygy
Three people. One adventure. Cosmic alignment? Polka Dot Dot Dot, based in Olympia, WA, formed when three travelers (Jordan O*Jordan, Onyx of Olympia, and Colleen Johnson or Twig Palace) met on the treefern-speckled shores of New Zealand.On their 2nd full-length release, Syzygy (a term that refers to planetary alignment), the Dots deliver a record that is unique, beautiful, and more patient than their last.Despite the fairly existential themes of this new record, Polka Dot Dot Dot have crafted an album that floats and bobs on a cosmic sea, and is neither too heavy nor too light. Here, gravity has a gentle touch and allows us along on this trip, leaving us star-speckled and beaming at the end.
Rio En Medio – Staying Alive
The inspiration for these disco covers came to Danielle as she was promenading through the local West Indian grocery store in Flatbush, Brooklyn. It was late and Danielle was exhausted from work. As her dazed eyes drifted over bruised plantains she suddenly became aware of a song that was playing on the radio. For days the melody filled Danielle’s head and obsessed her imagination. She had only caught a few words but managed to dig it up on the Internet…”Let this groove get you to move…It’s alright…alright…a-a-al-right.”
Robin Cutler – No More Danger
Beautiful folk ballads steeped in all the heartache and yearning of the Northwest winters. Whether in collaboration with fellow Olympia musicians Eli Moore, Adam Oelsner and Dan Swier, or all by herself, “No More Danger” showcases an artist clearly in command of her craft as a songwriter and a guitarist. Robin Cutler will break your heart and stitch it back together again.
Rye ‘n Clover – Pencils, Paper & Scissors –
This modest release does little justice to the power and heart of Ithaca New York’s Ryan Clover. A fixture of the Ithaca radical community, his masterful song writing and furious banjo playing are bared to the listener in these sparse arrangements. This is the kind of album you can listen to over and over.
Rye ‘n Clover – Teeth, Bones, and Knives!
From the Finger lakes region in Central NY, Rye ‘n Clover isn’t just your average cover crop. This is Folk punk banjo songs. He’s singin’ for the damn love of music and the passion of livin’ free. Singin’ for the trees and the water and the mountains.”, We gotta win!
Sandman – Rough Notes from Otter Cove
The great-grandson of Montana and North Dakota pioneers, Sand grew up hearing cowboy poetry and country music. When hip hop culture hit “the Rez” (the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana, where Sand lived most of his early years), he learned to rap and rhyme to the pulse of baling machines and irrigation pumps. “Rough Notes From Ottercove” showcases the breadth of Sandman, ranging from old school hip hop, cowboy folk, and childrens songs. The album comes with a sumptuous hand letterpressed lyric booklet.
Secret Plan – Secret Plan
Shenandoah Davis – We; Camera
We; Camera: thirteen tracks, recorded in july of 2008 at quiet places studios. available as mp3 download or in a hand-decorated cardboard sleeve from the lovely stumptown printers.
Sleepingdog – Polar Life
A Horse-trainer and a mother or two, Chantal Acda has no shortage of life-experiences. In her second album under the name Sleepingdog, she colloborates with Adam Wilzie (Stars of the Lid) to create an album of stark landscapes and weathered hearts.
Son – Cassette
St. St. – Enchanted Parkway
Julia and Benjamin created their first song together (“O”) in August 2008 at the Waterwitch Cathedral on Steamboat Island, a tiny island floating in the Puget Sound. Benjamin had just returned from a music tour via bicycle of Western Washington and both were preparing for journeys down the West Coast and beyond. Fate, desire, or just plain love stepped in and six months later, the two were living together in a small studio in downtown Olympia, exploring the great joy of singing together. Before they knew it, they had an album recorded of homemade handcrafted epic lullabies, multifaceted songs about nature, love, losing consciousness and reawakening, death and birth, whiskey, sunlight, and the wind.
Super Duo – Secret Therapy
Jen and Jenny came together in the 90s to form the band known as Super Duo. While they made many recordings and played many shows together, their alchemical magic was never released into the wilds until now.
Suzie Asado – Hello Antenna
Susie Asado is a poem by Gertrude Stein. This Susie Asado is Josepha Conrad. She is not a poem although she likes to write them. She also likes Gertrude Stein. So much is apparent. Josepha writes songs and she will sing them for you. Happily. Her songs are about geographic challenges about borders and border patrol about falling in love with border patrol and with countries and that is more than one country.
Swimming – S/T
Michelle, sometimes performs these almost-whispered songs from the inside of a tent. They demonstrate an acute awarness of landscape and emotion.
Swimming – You Are Your Own
The Next Door Neighbors – Magic Vs. The Machine
Magic Vs the Machine is a coming of age story, full of images of transformation and struggle against the judgments and false-logic of the machine. From the defiant celebration of Magic Vs. the Machine to the quiet despair of The Train Song, wherever they go The Nextdoor Neighbors lead with their hearts.
Inspirational pop-folk-punk, feat Joe Capoccia, Kendl Winter, Judd Wasserman, Ross Cowman, and Harald Fuller-Bennet.
The Solvents – Madonica
“We are The Solvents from picturesque Port Townsend” Jarrod is commonly heard to say at the start of a solvent’s set. Port Townsend is a bit of a mysterious town to some. Developed by speculators who thought is was going to be a big port town. When the railroad took a right instead of a left at olympia, the workers through down their tools and left the town to decay. The Solvents keep the diy torch burning with their beautiful harmonies and jaw-droppingly good songwriting.
The Solvents – Manresa Castle
Manresa Castle captures love at its best and at its most damaging with an album that is both a chronicle of recovery and a confession of vulnerability.
V/A – Folks Pop In At the Waterhouse
This compilation features a generous cross-section of the paris folk-scene. Performers include: David-Ivar Herman Diine, Julie Doiron, Flowers from the Man who Shot your Cousin, Pokett, Paloma, Tchalrz, Rivkah, Cowbird, Shantu, Loons, and many more.
V/A – Songwriting is Not a Crime
A bouquet of pop from around the world curated by the discerning Cyril of What a Mess! Records.
V/A – Spring Calendar 2009-10
Amazing fold out calendar compilation by Anonymous